Aarti Namdev Shahani will be In Conversation about her New Hardcover Memoir ~ Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Aarti Namdev Shahani, Award-Winning National Public Radio (NPR) Correspondent, will be In Conversation about her New Hardcover Memoir Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares.  This Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books & The Kansas City Public Library.

ABOUT AARTI SHAHANI:  Aarti Namdev Shahani is a Correspondent for NPR based in Silicon Valley, covering the largest companies on earth.  Her reporting has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award.  Before Journalism, Shahani was a Community Organizer in New York City, helping prisoners and families facing deportation.  Her activism was honored by the Union Square Awards and Legal Aid Society.  She received a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with generous support from the university and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.  She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.  She was among the youngest recipients of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and is an Alumna of A Better Chance, Inc.  Shahani grew up in Flushing, Queens—in one of the most diverse ZIP Codes in the Country—and believes every American should visit her Hometown to understand what makes America great.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Who really belongs in America?  That Question has chased every newcomer and many native born since the Founding of the Republic.  In this heart-wrenching, vulnerable and witty Memoir, Journalist Aarti Namdev Shahani digs deep inside herself and her family for an answer—one that she finds in an unlikely place.

The Shahanis came to Queens—from India, by way of Casablanca—in the 1980s.  They were undocumented for a few Years and then, with the arrival of their Green Cards, they thought they'd made it.  This Memoir is the Story of how they did, and didn't.

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares follows the lives of Aarti, the precocious scholarship kid at one of Manhattan's most elite prep schools, and her dad, the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali Drug Cartel.  Together, the two represent the extremes that coexist in our Country, even within a single family, and a truth about immigrants that gets lost in the headlines. It isn’t a matter of good or evil; it's complicated.

Ultimately, Here We Are is a coming-of-age story, a love letter from an outspoken modern daughter to her soft-spoken Old World Father.  She never expected they'd become best friends.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at The Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, 14 W 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

EVENT FORMAT:  Aarti Namdev Shahani, Award-Winning National Public Radio (NPR) Correspondent, will be In Conversation about her New Hardcover Memoir Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares and answer audience questions.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  Aarti Namdev Shahani will Author Autograph her New Books that are purchased from Rainy Day Books at this Event.  Pre-Order your Books Now through link below!

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at www.KCLibrary.org/Signature-Events or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Rainy Day Books will have Aarti Namdev Shahani Books for Sale at this Event, or you may Pre-Order for In-Store or At-Event Pick-Up through the link below.  Seating is General Admission.

The Publication & Sale Date for Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares was Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Author Autographed Books will be available for Purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium
14 W 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
SKU: A9781250204752

AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED HARDCOVER:  1 Author Autographed Hardcover of Here We Are by Aarti Namdev Shahani.

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